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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I'm heading to the "Continent" (London, Paris, Madrid) ina couple of o' weeks (business) and besides hoisting a pint of frothy Guinness, I thought I might ask those of you who are obviously well versed in these matters what else I should try.

Unfortunately, I will be putting in 12 - 14 hour days and have time for a pint (two in a pinch). I enjoy the darker ales, but am up for anything y'all think is a "must". I'm not a big drinker, but figure it's a good time to taste some things I can't get back in the States.

Have some foggy memory of a Dark Star ale coming from somewhere in the British Isles...could just be a false memory.

Thanks all!

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

If you can find it, try Brains SA. It's a light-coloured malty best bitter which was colloquially known as "Skull Attack".
You may find it as a guest beer in a London pub, but be warned, it's potent.

xx

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I am also going to London in a few weeks. I can't say i recall the names of many of the beers or ales i have had there in the past, however I tend to try the hand-pulled ones. I think I have only ever seen beers like this in one bar in the states. The Goose Island Brewery in Chicago.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I will be there the last week of March. Coming from warm So Cal and trying to stay warm in blustery England.

Safe travels!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 25, 2010 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thomas Hardy Ale - a Dorchester strong and dark that will put hair on your teeth.

John Courage Ale is also very nice, but you can find that in the US with a little looking around.

And if those don't scratch your itch, any Islay or Speyside single malt will help a big steaming pile of greasy fish and chips go down easier.

Bonus if the chips are wrapped up in a Sun Page 3 Girl.

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Poster: roughyed Date: Feb 25, 2010 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Despite the fact that it was a Manchester beer avoid the piss called Boddingtons at all costs. It's now brewed and advertised by some conglomerate.
However, if you get to the centre of London there are a few pubs which sell SAM SMITHS. This is from Tadcaster in Yorkshire, and even a Lancastrian like me recommends it! The bitter is fairly dark for a bitter. I seem to recollect a pub near Leicester Square called Duke of Argyll or Argyll Arms or summat like that. But there are others around Soho. And you'll be amazed at the price.
See if they're on the Sam Smith's website. Sorry I've been so lazy and not found it - I'll look myself now.
WARNING - do not confuse SAM SMITHS with the ubiquitous JOHN SMITHS, which is more conglomerate-brewed piss (although ironically also from Tadcaster)!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thanks...I will look around on the web as well. I better start making a list lest I confuse the Smiths!

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

There is indeed a Dark Star brewery. It's based in Brighton (on the south coast) so I don't know if much of their beer is available in London. If it's a darker beer you're after there may still be some 'Winter warmers' about though as the name suggests it's a seasonal thing. A lot of breweries produce them.

FWIW my 2 favourite draught beers are Greene King's Abbot Ale, and Morland's Old Speckled Hen. Morlands was actually taken over by Greene King a couple of years back, but there wasn't much interference with the way they brewed. The best London brewery is Fullers, and their best beer is ESB. Enjoy.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thank you all! Certainly enough to keep me busy for a few cold evenings! I shall raise a pint to all of you.